Deputy FM Kouvelis concludes Budapest visit

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis concluded his two-day visit to Budapest on Friday after holding a series of contacts with Hungarian government officials, focusing on bilateral economic cooperation between Greece and Hungary in the sectors of tourism, new technologies, innovation, transport and energy.

The Greek deputy minister also inaugurated the Greek-Hungarian Business Forum and made an address at the Hungarian International Relations Institute where he presented the national growth strategy for the country's exit from the crisis, the improvement of competitiveness and the promotion of the Greek economy's extroversion.

FM sec-gen's visit to Cairo

Greek foreign ministry secretary general, Ambassador Yannis-Alexis Zepos, had meetings in Cairo with a number of Egyptian political figures on Wednesday and Thursday, with whom he exchanged assessments of current developments in Egypt, a foreign ministry announcement said on Friday.

Specifically, Zepos met with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali, the head of the Committee of Wise Men Professor Aboul Magd, the Secretary General of the Wafd party  Abdel Nur, and with the EU, French and U.S. Ambassadors to Egypt.

In his meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Shafiq, Zepos conveyed Greece's strong interest in current developments in Egypt, given the close ties that traditionally link the two countries.

He also expressed Greece readiness to work with Egypt in any sectors deemed beneficial.

The Egyptian Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for the interest Greece is showing and underscored the importance to Egypt of Greek-Egyptian bilateral relations.

Finally, Ambassador Zepos met with members of the Greek community in Egypt, as well as with representatives of Greek enterprises and banks active there. He further spoke on the phone with Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and the President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), Stefanos Tamvakis.

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